YUPIA, July 5: In a significant move to improve the quality of education in rural Papum Pare, MLAs Nabam Vivek of Doimukh and Ratu Techi of Sagalee convened a coordination meeting with key stakeholders from the education sector.

The meeting, held at the ZPC conference hall in Yupia on Friday, aimed at enhancing collaborative efforts and addressing pressing challenges within the education system.

The gathering included representatives from the district administration, school administrators, and zilla parishad members.

Papum Pare DDSE & DPO TT Tara briefed participants on the issues faced by the education department, emphasizing the need for rationalization of teachers through transfer and posting, addressing the shortage of subject teachers, merging defunct and low-enrollment schools, improving teacher accommodation, reviving hostels and stipendiary schools, and enhancing school infrastructure.

Vivek remarked, "This meeting represents a pivotal step towards fostering a more cohesive and effective education system. By bringing together all key stakeholders, we can collectively address the myriad of challenges faced by the education department and work towards our common goal of providing quality education for all." He urged teachers to set aside political differences and focus on improving education quality, assuring zero political interference in teacher transfers and postings.

He suggested scheduling a follow-up meeting in six months to review progress and continue discussions.

Techi addressed the school administrators on the proposal for merging low-enrollment schools, highlighting the need for optimizing resources and improving educational offerings while considering community resistance, logistics, and the impact on students.

Papum Pare deputy commissioner Jiken Bomjen advised teachers to remain sincere and stay updated on the latest developments in their subjects. ZPC Nabam Yakum pointed out that appointing subject teachers as CRCCs and BRCCs exacerbates the scarcity of subject teachers and suggested that BRCCs and CRCCs teach in nearby schools.

All Papum Pare District Students Union president Gollo Lento assured cooperation with the education department and suggested avoiding political or bureaucratic interference in teacher transfers, discouraging development activities in low-enrollment schools, and allocating a fixed percentage of MLAD funds for the education sector.

Earlier, DPC Tang Moromi presented an overview of the Papum Pare education department, highlighting manpower strength, infrastructural assets, student performance over the past two years, and the state and centrally sponsored schemes implemented in the district. All ZPMs of Papum Pare also presented issues faced by schools, including the shortage of subject teachers, lack of teacher accommodation, and hostel facilities.